Egyptian Theatre

4537 University Way NE,
Seattle, WA 98105

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Previously operated by: Evergreen State Amusement Corp., Fox Circuit, National General Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Edward A. Miller

Styles: Egyptian

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Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre opened December 25, 1915. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual, 16 rank organ. 1925-1960. It became a drugstore and was demolished in May 2018.

Another Egyptian Theatre opened in 1975 inside an old Masonic Hall.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

kateymac01 on May 9, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Isn’t this site now a drugstore?

kencmcintyre on December 29, 2005 at 6:00 pm

There is a photo of the Egyptian from 1940 on this site. Enter theaters as a search term and browse the photos:

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William on May 4, 2006 at 3:04 pm

The Egyptian Theatre was once part of the Evergreen State Amusement Corp., which was one of the subsidiaries of Fox Theatres and later National General Theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

An ad for Heywood Wakefield seats on this page of the March 6, 1926, issue of Motion Picture News features a drawing of the Egyptian Theatre’s auditorium. The text calls the house “Warners' Elaborate and Unique new ‘Egyptian’ Theatre in Seattle….” and attributes the design of the house to the Portland, Oregon, architect E. A. Miller.

There is little information available about Edward A. Miller, but Gary Lacher and Steven Stone’s Theatres of Portland attributes the design of the slightly earlier Egyptian Theatre in that city to him as well. The fronts of the two theaters are quite similar, so I have no doubt that the attribution is correct.

paulnelson on July 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Egyptian is now Rite Aid Drugs I think. Building was not demolished. Only ruined. Should have been saved.

tdickensheets on October 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Now is The Dollar Tree Store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Satellite View says paulnelson is correct. The building is still standing. Even the stage house is still there.

Also, we have our Google Street View set to the wrong side of the street, and a bit too far south. The Egyptian Theatre’s entrance was where Aladdin Falafel and the storefronts either side of it are now. The Dollar Tree store tdickensheets mentions is at the stage end of the theater.

If you take Street View around to the Brooklyn Avenue side of the block you can see the theater building across the parking lot, and it’s pretty obvious what it used to be.

Grand Illusion Cinema
Grand Illusion Cinema on April 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Still standing. Here is a link to an article with photos of some remaining details on the interior of the building.

pnelson on October 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Any more interior pics of this theatre? The proscenium maybe and ceilings.

Seattleprojectionist on May 3, 2018 at 4:42 am

As of May 2nd, 2018 the Egyptian is no more. Demolition well underway. The University District has been re-zoned to allow 30+ story buildings and this neighborhood is changing fast. Status should be changed to “Demolished”.

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